Police on Tuesday raided Google Korea's head office in southern Seoul on suspicion that the global search company had used its mobile advertising platform to illegally collect private data, officials said.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) sent its investigators to the local office of Google Inc. in Yeoksam-dong, southern Seoul, in the morning to secure hard drives and other computer data related to the company's "AdMob" platform, said the officials.
"The raid was carried out to confirm the allegations that Google's AdMob platform was used to collect data on individuals' locations," an SMPA official said.
In January this year, the Korean police had booked Google on charges of collecting personal data from Wi-Fi networks for its mapping service in violation of the nation's telecommunications law. (Yonhap)